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6 things I wish I knew when I first started running

things I wish I knew as a beginner running

I’ve been distance running for eleven years now – more than a third of my life! Over the past decade I’ve learned a lot about running – and myself – through reading countless running publications, talking to runner friends, and through my own experience. The start of my running days seem like an eternity ago, […]

The mental challenges of transitioning from winter to spring running

4 reasons long runs go bad

Lately, when I think about running, I think about the plastic bag, whimsically dancing in the wind in American Beauty. I think about Ricky Fitts, describing the electricity of the moment to bright-eyed Jane Burnham. I think about Ricky’s soul sucking line, “Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take […]

Uncooked Dinners for Busy Runners

no cook dinners

I don’t know about you, but as the weather warms up, my meals get a little less hearty. I tend to favor easy-to-assemble dishes that require zero time in the oven. Do you find yourself in the same boat? Actually, there are many benefits to eating uncooked foods, especially certain vegetables. For example, raw garlic […]

Pre-race nutrition: tips for the week before

pre-race nutrition tips

We all know the biggest rule when it comes to racing: don’t try anything new on race day or in the days leading up to the race. In other words, keep doing what you’re used to. One of the areas this applies to is nutrition. However, fueling well the week before a race is crucial […]

Race Report: Forks 15K

15K race report

Now that Stephen and I race more locally, we tend to hit the same events every year — and it’s a great way to track our training progress. In fact, racing close to home means you get to sleep in your own bed, stress less, know your competition, train the course, and likely have your […]

Do compression socks really work?

compression socks for runners do they work

Compression socks: they’re trendy, they come in fun, neon colors and bright patterns, and some athletes wouldn’t dream of running without them. But what do compression socks – and other compression apparel, like calf sleeves, thigh sleeves, and tights – really do besides make a fashion statement? The science behind compression socks Athletic compression socks […]

Splitting the long run into two

splitting your long run into two runs

Thinking of skipping your long run this week? If your reason is time or, perhaps, the weather, you might reconsider. While I had heard of this practice years and years ago, I never really thought about trying it on my own. However, this particular training season has been hectic and snow-driven, so I’ve had to […]

Trail running tips for beginners

trail-running

Tempted to take your run off the beaten path? If you primarily run on roads, taking up trail running can challenge you in a new way and rekindle your love for the sport. Running on trails is a little different than road running, though, and there are certain tips you’ll need to heed to stay […]

Expensive running stuff I can live without (and what I can’t)

expensive running things you don't really need

At its core, running is one of the simplest sports. Just put on your shoes, head out the door, and keep putting one foot in front of another. You really don’t need much in terms of gear to be a runner. But hit up any race expo and you’ll see hundreds of items made for […]

Take a break from running to rest, recover, and recharge

take a break from running

We write a lot about logging miles on WalkJogRun, but do you ever purposefully skip running without being sick, tired, or injured? Some of you might be thinking: Why would I want to do that? I LOVE running! However, you might be surprised to learn I certainly take solid breaks, and I didn’t realize I […]